The Browns (7-4) defeated the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Click the link for our game story: Browns 26, Falcons 24: Billy Cundiff’s last-second field goal lifts Browns to victory
Starting outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard will be active Sunday despite suffering a foot injury last week against the Houston Texans that the Browns originally thought could end his season.To read more or comment...
The Browns officially activated All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon from the exempt/commissioner permission list and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough, the team announced Saturday.
Activating Gordon, the NFL's leader in receiving yards last season, was a formality.
After serving a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, Gordon will play for the first time this season Sunday when the Browns (6-4) visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-6).
Pough spent the first the first 10 weeks this season on the Browns’ practice squad and was inactive last week.To read more or comment...
Out: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and wide receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring). Doubtful: Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee). Questionable: Safety Johnson Bademosi (concussion) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (knee).
Out: Cornerback Robert Alford (wrist) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (hamstring). Probable: Wide receivers Harry Douglas (foot), Julio Jones (illness), Devin Hester (wrist) and Drew David (foot), fullback Patrick DiMarco (illness), running back Steven Jackson (illness), guard Jon Asamoah (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee).To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On TE Jordon Cameron practicing on a limited basis today: “It was good to get him back out there, but we obviously, just declared him out. We’re hopeful where he is at this point that we’ll have him for next week.”
On if the fact that they have to fly to Atlanta has anything to do with him being ruled out: “No.”
On how DB Jim Leonhard has been playing both in the secondary and on special teams: “Just steady, dependable. He’s one of those guys who just does his job. He’s not going to make a ton of flashy plays, but that hidden effect of he’s not just only doing his job. He’s helping other guys as far as understanding formations and what we could potentially get. Just the on-field communication when he’s out there I think is ramped up a notch. Then I just think he does a good job for us with our young guys helping them prepare. Him and (DB) Donte (Whitner) both I think bring that veteran presence - guys that have been in the league a long time - the professionalism. I just think he’s brought to this team what we anticipated he would bring when we brought him here.”To read more or comment...
Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron and backup safety Johnson Bademosi returned to Browns practice Friday after missing significant time with concussions.
If Cameron is able to play Sunday when the Browns (6-4) visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-6), the offense should receive a significant boost, especially because All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon will be active for the first time this season after serving a 10-game suspension.
Cameron missed the past three games after suffering his third documented concussion in less than two years on Oct. 26 against the Oakland Raiders.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On LB Karlos Dansby’s status: “I wouldn’t say it’s encouraging at this point. He’s probably ahead of where most would be, and I don’t want to rule him out at this point, but it’s getting close.”
On what it means to have a player like Dansby that’s trying to get on the field, despite an injury: “For a guy that, it’s like not an option for him. We’ll have to tell him, ‘Literally, you can’t go.’ He’s that type of player, and that’s what you want. To me, it speaks to his character. It’s one of the reasons he’s here. When you have guys like that, they want to be out there. They want to be out there for their teammates for their team. They might put themselves a little bit at risk for the team. Like I said, that’s a credit to him.”To read more or comment...
On how it feels to be back:
“It’s great. It’s great to be back.”
On if he’s ready to play Sunday:
“Very ready. I had a long time to get ready for it.”
On what he wants to accomplish in the Browns’ final six games:
“Really, I just want to display some hard work and effort, not only me but try to get that atmosphere throughout the rest of the team and have us be in a position that the city of Cleveland hasn’t been in a long time. Really, just trying to make a playoff push. That’s for sure.”
On what the last 10 weeks have been like for him:
“It’s been a grind, that’s for sure – a lot of working out, a lot of quiet time, stuff like that. I’ve been up here still the whole time, not too far away.”
On if this has changed him:
“As a person, it gives you more patience, I would say. With certain things, you’ve just got to be more patient. Everything takes time. Then, when the time comes around, hopefully, you get the opportunity to produce. When the time presents itself like right now, hopefully I can do that for us.”
On if people doubt whether he can put everything behind him and never repeat the problems:
“Well, most people do doubt me. As it regards to football, I think that’s the easier part for me.”
On people doubting him in life:
“Life is great right now. I can’t complain about anything. I’m blessed to be in the position I am. I’m not mad either way.”
On if he can have a big game right away at Atlanta, like he did last year in Minnesota:
“I definitely think I can. In regards to the coaching and how they want to implement me into the game plan, that’s up to them. I want them to do what they see fit and just use me as an asset wherever is the easiest for them to do.”
On telling Nate Burleson that he would ‘tear up this league’ when he got back and why he feels that way:
“We might have a misquote (laughter). I told him I definitely wanted to outwork everybody at my position or anybody opposing me, just to put that effort out there and that leadership role through showing what I could do on the field as a sense throughout the entire league. He probably took it and [spun] it, but it’s cool. Nate’s my guy so in that context, sure.”
On Burleson saying that Gordon would lose 10-15 pounds:
“After I get playing or right now?”
On losing 10-15 pounds coming back:
“Coming back in, yeah, I was pretty heavy. I was close to like 238, 240. Now, I’m like 229, 230.”
On if that’s the weight he wants to be:
“Yeah, more or less.”
On if he feels a responsibility to repay the Browns for the faith and support they’ve shown him:
“Definitely. There are a lot of people that I feel I owe that to: family members, friends, people that felt more embarrassed about it than the city of Cleveland. As much as they are, the people close to me feel it harder than anybody. I feel as though I owe them, as well as the Browns. I’d like to do that by performing well.”
On if he has a new lease on life, and if he caught another break after his suspension was reduced to 10 games:
“I think going through this time really just gave me time to see it’s not the end of life, but you’re saying a ‘new lease on life,’ it’s like life’s still going to going on. I saw a lot of people just carrying on like nothing happened. The team was still winning as if I wasn’t there. To take that for granted is not what I was trying to do.”
On what he did to stay patient when the game was taken away from him for three months:
“Knowing that I could come back, I just wanted to make sure I was in the best shape of my life and try to come out without missing a beat and pick up right where I left off from last season and hopefully keep it going.”
On how seriously he may have considered suing the league after maintaining his innocence in regards to his infraction:
“I think it was considered at a point in time, but it wasn’t worth it. We came to a reasonable conclusion. Both sides might not have got exactly what we both wanted, but we compromised. I think we worked it out just fine.”
On if the suspension was fair:
“Considering the rules and that the prior rules were broken, they had every right to do exactly what they did.”
On how the prior rules could have been broken:
“That’s the thing. They [saw] it fit for it to [have been] broken so I guess that’s what it was. Who am I to change that?”
On people looking at what has happened and having a perception about being a drug addict, and statements that it’s inaccurate:
“I feel there’s no need to address it anymore because like I said before, people are going to have opinions and judge me. That’s just what most people do. The stories to back it up, you could draw whatever conclusion you could draw. The only thing I can control is what I do on the field so that’s what I’m doing – controlling what I can control. I can’t control the masses. That’s not my job.”
On if he told his teammates that he was sorry for letting them down:
“I talked to my teammates in private. I’ve been around a lot of these guys and let them know. They know how dedicated I am to this team. All together at once, I have not done that, but these guys have been with me through thick and thin, from my rookie year most of these guys. They’re well aware.”
On if he was bitter that he would not have violated other sports’ drug policies because those standards are lower:
“This is the sport I chose to play. You’ve got to fall in line in the rules. That’s just really what it is.”
On General Manager Ray Farmer saying that he needs to learn how to fit into the offense:
“He’s correct. I’ve never played a game in this offense. I guess right now, yeah, I’ve never fit in in a game. We have to figure that out this Sunday, and as we progress, hopefully, he can get me more involved or find a productive spot to put me in.”
On assuring people that he won’t be suspended again:
“I think the only thing I can do is just do it through action, just leading a life that people, to them, might seem appropriate. The things that I might do might, regardless if it’s what is right or wrong, somebody might see it as wrong, drugs aside – I’m not even talking about anything associated with that. As far as regaining that image or whatever it was, it’s just a football field. That’s all I can do. Like I said, I just want to control what I can control, and that’s playing my hardest and working my hardest. Sixteen weeks in next season, these last six games this season, however long I’m in Cleveland, that’s just what I want to do.”
On how the return from the suspension this year feels different than when he came back from last season’s suspension:
“We just waited a longer time. A couple more weeks is the difference, getting to see where your team is. I think really the biggest difference now is seeing how many wins we actually have in the win column. It’s something I haven’t seen since I’ve been here. We haven’t had six wins since I’ve been here so I’m really excited, as well as the rest of these guys. I was extremely pumped to get back. Like I said, I wasn’t sure how much I’d be included in the offense. I just want to do whatever I can do, as my part, to try to get us to seven wins and then however many after that.”
On if he’d relish the opportunity to address the team and if he thinks that’s going to happen:
“I have no idea, but I have no problem doing that, no problem speaking with these guys. These guys are family to me. They’ll accept me that way. I have no reason to be shy or scared of them. They know my situation, and I love those guys. I would love to do it.”
On what his message would be, if he addressed the team:
“Definitely tailored to the fact that the game can be taken away from you at any point in time. Tomorrow, you never really know so cherish every moment. We all know how short of a career span you have in the NFL. The fact that we can do something that’s never been done before for the city of Cleveland, let’s hone in on that and focus on the city and focus on this team and what we’re doing in the locker room. I’d probably expand it a little bit more, but sure.”
On what he’d like to get across to the fans:
“To the fans, I just want them to keep on supporting us like they have been. They’ve been definitely the most dedicated, most loyal fans out of any team in the NFL. That’s for sure. Wins and losses my first two years here, we didn’t do as good, but the fans remain consistent. More so than any player, the fans remain consistent. They could just keep doing what they’re doing, and I’m just trying to pick up the slack where I can and trying to make it easier for them to be a fan.”
On what he’d like the fans to know about him personally and about him not having another suspension like this one:
“Honestly, people are going to just believe what they want to believe. I can say it until I’m blue in the face, and people still might not believe it. Until it’s done, until it happens, that’s the longevity out of it that I’m trying to make. Three years down the line, hopefully, they’ll see it, but it won’t happen, I think, until years down the line. That’s just where I’m at right now with my past and what’s going on now.”
On how many cars he sold over the past few months:
“I was not actually there in a car-selling capacity. I was there trying to learn the business of franchising a dealership.”
Browns receiver Josh Gordon practiced Wednesday for the first time since training camp, but coach Mike Pettine cautioned that he would be "on a bit of a pitch count" as he returns from a 10-game suspension.
Gordon was initially suspended for the season after violating the league's policy on substance abuse, but saw his time reduced in September when the NFL revamped its drug policy.
Gordon has been around the team and working out at the headquarters in Berea, but was banned from team activities. He looked in excellent shape in the part of practice open to the media, but had two balls go off his hands.
The Browns visit the Falcons Sunday for a 1 p.m. game in the Georgia Dome and Falcons coach Mike Smith said during a conference call he expects Gordon to be out there for the first snap.
Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards last season in 14 games.
"There needs to be a progression through the week," Pettine said of how the Browns would work Gordon back in. "The trap to fall into is, 'Hey, he's back. Let's just throw him out there for a bunch of plays.' There's danger inherent in doing that."
Pettine said he talked to Gordon during Wednesday morning's walk through as he was looking at the script for Sunday.
"He's familiar with the terminology and the plays," Pettine said. "It's one thing to be able to look at it, but to process it, whether it's in a no-huddle situation or breaking the huddle and recognizing defenses. It comes back in time, but it's not there instantly. I know it's a lot of information and we're aware of that and we'll deal with it accordingly."
Pettine also worried that Gordon was not in football shape.
"You can't simulate contact, the rigors of playing in a game. Being in shape and being in football shape are two different things," Pettine said.
But there was no doubt about Gordon's eagerness to return.
"He's ready to go. You can tell he's very excited to be out there," Pettine said.
Nate Burleson, released by the Browns on Aug. 30, is now an NFL Network analyst. He expects big things from Gordon as the Browns (6-4) continue their playoff push.
"“He told me one, starting on practice this Wednesday 'I’m going to outwork everybody on the field,'" Burleson said, according to an NFL Network email. "'I’m going to try to evoke a pride in Cleveland that can hopefully lead us to the playoffs.'
"He’s excited about coming back…When I was with the Cleveland Browns and he knew that suspension was coming, I said, 'What’s your plans? What are you going to do when you get back?' He said, 'I plan to lose 10-15 pounds and when I come back I’m going to tear this league up.'"
Burleson said the Browns offense this year under coordinator Kyle Shanahan is different than the one Gordon succeeded in last year under Norv Turner.
"It’s not the same offense as last year. They’re not going to be running and gunning throwing the ball up the sideline," Burleson said. "But definitely look for them to get Josh involved early, kind of to get his rhythm back. I’m excited just like everybody else to see if he can pick up where he left off.”
Gordon will speak to the media after practice.
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening Statements: "Players and staff I know are very much looking forward to getting back out on the field and competing this week. I think you're always looking to get that bad taste out of your mouth after a loss. On the injury front, we're not in a position I think to rule anybody out at this point. We did get a second opinion on (LB) Jabaal (Sheard). It was a little more encouraging, so we'll know here in the next day or so what his availability will be. It still might be an issue where he's down for a little bit, but we weren't going to make the decision to go ahead and put him on IR until we had heard from this other opinion. The news was fairly favorable. Then (LB) Karlos (Dansby) I know is working as hard as he can. We'll know more as the week goes on, but we obviously had to make some roster moves out of necessity to protect ourselves. Truly the 'next man up' philosophy is being tested, especially with where we are injury-wise defensively.
We're just beginning prep for an Atlanta team that obviously didn't start the season the way they wanted to, but just as crazy as things are, they found themselves after this past weekend in first place in their division. They've got a lot to play for. They haven't been at home since...I think it's been over a month. I know that place will be revved up. I've played a bunch of games down there. It'll be a very hostile environment. We have to be very much on point with our preparation, especially offensively working with a lot of background noise. We'll play a lot of music loud in practice to get our guys used to it. They present a lot of challenges to us, especially their offense. I think (Falcons QB) Matt Ryan is one of the premiere quarterbacks in this league. He's got a great set of weapons - (Falcons WRs) Julio Jones, Roddy White, major size mismatch for almost all secondaries. They're doing a lot out of the up-tempo which I think is causing a lot of people problems. They also do a good job of getting their guys the ball in space. I think the challenge to our guys defensively will be having our best tackling game of the year. I worked with (Falcons Head Coach) Mike Smith in Baltimore - he and (Falcons defensive coordinator) Mike Nolan - and have a great deal of respect for both of those guys. I have a reasonable feel for what they're doing defensively and, knowing those guys, they'll have us schemed up pretty well. Those guys always play well fundamentally, so our offense will have to be very efficient for us to stick with the formula. Special teams wise (we're) going against (Falcons WR) Devin Hester. I know (special teams coordinator Chris) Tabor is going to have a couple sleepless nights this week, but future Hall of Famer, I think that will be a great challenge for our units. The challenge to our guys is it's going to have to be a team win. We're going to have to go out there and perform well in all three phases and complement each other if we want to go down there and come out with a victory."
On what the plan is today with WR Josh Gordon: "See where he is. We'll have him on a bit of a pitch-count. I met with (head athletic trainer) Joe Sheehan and (strength and conditioning coach) Paul Ricci and then (wide receivers coach) Mike McDaniel, and we just kind of got on the same page as far as getting him his individual work and seeing where he is. There needs to be a progression through the week. I think the trap to fall into is, hey, he's back; let's just go ahead and throw him out there for a bunch of plays. There is certainly danger inherent in doing that. We have to be smart with how we do it and have a plan to progress through the week."To read more or comment...
Outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard should be back on back on the field much sooner than the Browns expected, a source told the Beacon Journal Wednesday morning.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported via Twitter that the left foot injury Sheard suffered in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans wasn't as serious as coach Mike Pettine initially feared.
"Big sigh of relief for #Browns LB Jabaal Sheard. After second opinion, no surgery is necessary on his foot. Should be back in a week or so," Rapoport tweeted. He added that there was a chance Sheard could play in Sunday's road game against the Atlanta Falcons.
A source confirmed that report, saying Sheard doesn't need surgery and should be back soon. He's considered day to day.To read more or comment...
The Browns announced that they have waived running back Ben Tate this morning. The team signed Tate to a two-year contract in March.
In Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, Tate had just two carries for minus-9 yards. He rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Here is the team's emailed release:To read more or comment...
Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor tweeted that Dr. James Andrews, based in Birmingham, Ala., performed surgery on his right knee Monday. Taylor was placed on injured reserve Friday.
"Surgery was a success! Thanks Dr Andrews!" Taylor tweeted.
Taylor initially hurt the knee Oct. 5 against the Tennessee Titans and missed four games after arthroscopic surgery. He reinjured it Nov. 6 at Cincinnati.
The Browns fell to the Houston Texans 23-7 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Click the link for our game story: Texans 23, Browns 7: J.J. Watt, Texans knock Browns out of AFC North lead
The Texans seized a 14-7 halftime lead after the Browns wasted a golden opportunity in the red zone.To read more or comment...
The Browns caught two huge breaks at the expense of the Houston Texans on the eve of their meeting at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Not only were the Browns (6-3) assured they would have one of their best players back from injury in the game beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, but they also learned the Texans (4-5) would be without one of their top weapons.
On Saturday, an independent neurologist cleared Browns starting free safety Tashaun Gipson to play, and the team upgraded his status from questionable to probable. Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions this season, suffered a concussion Nov. 6 in a 24-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and had been sidelined until he returned to practice Friday as a limited participant.
Not long after the Browns announced Gipson, arguably their defense's most valuable player this season, received the green light, the Texans officially downgraded three-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster from questionable to out with a groin injury suffered Nov. 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. So Foster, whose 822 rushing yards rank first in the AFC and second in the league this season, won't be able to provide quarterback Ryan Mallett with invaluable support in the first regular-season start of his four-year NFL career.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “I’ll go ahead and start. (DL) Phil Taylor has an issue with his knee. It was unrelated to the surgery, but we’re going to place him on injured reserve. The transaction will take place sometime today. I’ve got to get with (General Manager) Ray (Farmer) as far as who will go to the 53, but we are shutting Phil down. He’ll get surgery sometime next week I believe.”
On if it’s an ACL tear: “No. No, I don’t want to get into the details of it. It’s unrelated to the previous surgery, but it is obviously an issue.”
On if it’s the same knee: “It is the same knee. I believe it’s his right.”To read more or comment...
Out: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and safety Johnson Bademosi (concussion). Questionable: Free safety Tashaun Gipson (concussion). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), center Nick McDonald (calf), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and defensive end Billy Winn (toe).
Out: Cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee). Questionable: Running back Arian Foster (groin). Probable: Linebackers Jadeveon Clowney (knee), Brian Cushing (knee), Brooks Reed (groin), John Simon (ankle), Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and Justin Tuggle (shoulder) and cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (concussion/knee) and Darryl Morris (ankle).To read more or comment...
Browns starting defensive end Phil Taylor is out for the season with an injured right knee, coach Mike Pettine said Friday after practice.
The team placed Taylor, 26, on injured reserve and promoted outside linebacker Keith Pough from the practice squad to the active roster.
Taylor is expected to undergo surgery next week, Pettine said.To read more or comment...
Browns starting free safety Tashaun Gipson returned to practice Friday after sitting out the rest of this week while recovering from a concussion.
It's a sign Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions this season, could play Sunday when the Browns (6-3) host the Houston Texans (4-5).
The Browns have forced 12 turnovers in the past four games, and Gipson has compiled five takeaways during that span. He ranks fourth on the team with 42 tackles.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday before practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On DB Tashaun Gipson’s and TE Jordan Cameron’s status: “No real update. A lot of separate appointments, [they’ve] got to see independent doctors and all that. (Head athletic trainer) Joe (Sheehan) will get me updated as I get out on the field.”
On a tight window on Gipson for this week’s game: “Yeah, we’re not in a position to rule either one out yet. There’s still a chance that they’ll go, but I think that’s probably the best way to put it at this point.”
On what he’s seen from Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney and if he was impressed by him coming out of college: “Yeah, very impressed. We had him and (Raiders LB Khalil) Mack right up there as our top-ranked defensive players, just an explosive get-off. That, to me, was the one thing that set him apart was his ability to get off the ball those first couple steps. Then, it’s just a knack for making big plays when they needed them.”To read more or comment...
Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach likes what he’s seen of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, according to a USA Today report. Staubach worked with Johnny Football on a commercial shoot.
Pushing aside the off-field stuff, Staubach said that the former Texas A&M quarterback can play the position.
“He works hard, he’s very competitive and he’s in Cleveland,” he said. “The Cleveland quarterback, (Brian) Hoyer’s doing a good job so I think Johnny is going to get his chance in the NFL one day and he’s going to be a good quarterback.”
Staubach appreciates that he was a different place – married with three children – when he entered the NFL, but the key, he said, is what’s done on the field.To read more or comment...
Opening statement: “Another week, another new set of challenges. There’s a lot in Houston. A big thing for them offensively they made a change at quarterback. It’s kind of uncharted waters for us facing a guy that’s been in the league but hasn’t really played, hasn’t started before. There’s a lot of mystery there. We have minimal tape on him, but we obviously know he has a big arm, came up in the New England system so he’s well-versed. He’s gone against our system twice a year, at least preparing as a backup. That’s to his advantage. The success they’ve had on the ground is something that we’re very well aware of. (Texans RB) Arian Foster’s one of the elite backs in this league. He’s a three-down back. He’s averaging over five yards a carry. He’s a big part of their pass game. He’s made some explosive plays for them, obviously, on the ground and receiving, as well. That’ll be a big test for us. We all know we’ve had our struggles. I think we’ve cleaned up some things. We’re headed in the right direction as of late, but I think this’ll be one of the biggest challenges for us, as far as run defense.
“On the other side of the ball, they’re very good at taking the ball away. I believe they lead the league in takeaways, and when they’ve had their success that’s been a big part of it. We have to continue to protect the ball as we have been. Then, we obviously have to be aware of where (Texans DE) J.J. Watt is. He’s a difference maker. He can change a game, whether it’s tipping a pass, whether it’s a tackle for loss, a sack, stripping a quarterback. He’s high effort, high motor, very productive, very instinctive. It looks like he guesses a lot, but you can tell that his guesses are educated. We know he studies film, picks up a lot of little graduate-level details and uses them to his advantage. It’s not just him on defense. I think they play with high effort, high energy. They’re very dialed in. They attack you, and they present a lot of problems. It’s a big challenge for us offensively to be able to move the ball and score points. We’re pleased with how we came back from the break, as evidenced by yesterday’s practice, the guys came back focused and fresh and ready to go. This is a big challenge for us, but we’re very much looking forward to it.”
On if Browns TE Jordan Cameron or Browns DB Tashaun Gipson will practice today: “Cameron maybe. I’m not sure. I think it’s too early for Gip (Gipson). I think it’ll be a tight window. We haven’t ruled Gip out yet, but he’s in the protocol. We’ll always adhere to that very strictly, and we’ll see how the week finishes.”
On if Gipson got a concussion when he forced a fumble against the Bengals: “I believe it was. He got kneed in the head.”To read more or comment...
BEREA: Although the status of Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney remains in doubt for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against the Browns, there will still be plenty for coach Mike Pettine’s team to worry about from that defense.
Of particular focus: the Texans’ ability to force turnovers. The team leads the NFL with 21 takeaways on the season thus far. Conversely the Browns and their quarterback, Brian Hoyer, have treated the ball as if it were a newborn only giving it up on an interception or fumble eight times on the season [four in each category].
Pettine recognizes Houston’s talent in that particular area. Ten of those turnovers contributed to their four wins overall.
“They lead the league in takeaways and when they've had their success that's been a big part of it, so we have to continue to protect the ball as we have been,” he said.To read more or comment...
The following players had their practice time limited today: defensive back Johnson Bademosi (concussion); tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion); safety Tashaun Gipson (concussion); receiver Andrew Hawkins; center Nick McDonald (calf) and defensive lineman Phil Taylor (knee).To read more or comment...
Rookie defensive lineman Jamie Meder, an Ashland University and Parma Valley Forge High School product, was signed to the Browns practice squad, the team announced.
Meder, 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, spent the first 10 weeks on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted.
Meder attended Ohio State's pro day in March, where he benched pressed 225 pounds 33 times, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
“He’s probably the strongest kid I’ve ever been around,” Ashland University defensive coordinator Tim Rose, a college coach for 35 years, told Cleveland.com last spring. “And he’s really more athletic than you think he is. He’s not super fast and he runs a little bit high, but he’s really a big dancing bear kind of guy.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On the absence of DB Tashaun Gipson: “He came back from the time off and was complaining – I think he had some headache issues. He thinks it was something that occurred during the game so we're just going to follow the league's protocol and have him evaluated. I don't know what the results of the evaluation were, but we'll have more information tomorrow.”
On if he sent Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan a fruit basket for beating the Steelers last Sunday: “No, but that was... Obviously, I was very happy for them, and it was mutually beneficial. He and I had talked during the week. He had watched our game Thursday night. It was really his first chance to see us. He sent me a congratulatory message, and we just kind of had some talk back and forth. I'm just happy for that group. I still know a lot of guys, especially on that defensive side, that are good players and take a lot of pride in their work and just haven't had many wins to show for it, so it was good to see them go out and get that victory.”
On if he brought up being in first place with all the guys when they came back: “We talked about it briefly, but just still in the context of this is a big test for us and how we're going to handle it. There are no awards. There's no prize for being 6-3. The only thing that's done for us is our games are meaningful now. You still have to have the ability to put that one in a box and move onto the next one. It makes it a little more difficult because of what they've been hearing now for three or four days, but I didn't have to hit them with a bunch of coach speak and all that. I think this is a mature group that can handle it. It showed today in how they showed up and how they've worked in practice.”To read more or comment...
The Browns are in danger of facing the Houston Texans on Sunday without starting free safety Tashaun Gipson, who's arguably their defense's most valuable player this season
Coach Mike Pettine said Gipson didn't practice Tuesday because he had been evaluated for a concussion. He is believed to have suffered the injury Thursday night during the Browns' 24-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions this season, reported symptoms when he returned to the team's headquarters after a break over the weekend. Gipson had a forced fumble against the Bengals and played 64 of 66 snaps.
"He came back from the time off and was complaining," Pettine said. "I think he had some headache issues. He thinks it was something that occurred during the game, so we're just going to follow the league's protocol and have him evaluated. I don't know what the results of the evaluation [were], but we'll have more information tomorrow.To read more or comment...
The Browns re-signed undrafted rookie fullback Ray Agnew on Tuesday and waived rookie fullback Kiero Small, the team announced.
Agnew started the first six games this season and tallied two carries for 2 yards to go along with two receptions for 15 yards.
On Oct. 20, the Browns waived Agnew and promoted Small from the practice squad to the active roster. Small, whom the Seattle Seahawks drafted in the seventh round, started the past three games.
Now the Browns have swapped the two fullbacks again.To read more or comment...
The Browns waived rookie fullback Kiero Small on Tuesday.
They promoted Small from the practice squad to the active roster on Oct. 20 after waiving rookie fullback Ray Agnew. Small started the past three games.
Starting free safety Tashaun Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, was among the Browns players absent from practice Tuesday. It's not yet known why Gipson is idle.
Coach Mike Pettine is scheduled to address the media at about noon Tuesday.To read more or comment...
Opening statement: “Very happy for the organization and, more importantly, our fans last night. We gave the Dawg Pound something to be extremely proud of. I’m sure a lot of them woke up with smiles on their face, and I’m sure there was another outbreak of Browns flu today in the area. From watching this film…It was a good night for us, but we still have a ways to go. I just thought last night was really a function of what we’ve been preaching – team football, mental toughness. I think the mental part of it was emphasized this week just because of dealing with the short week and the scheduling, just really your whole football world you get out of that routine. That’s very difficult to deal with, especially having to go on the road, but I thought the guys handled it great. The staff handled it great. Now, we’re fortunate we get a little bit of time to enjoy it with essentially a mini-bye, but our approach is no different. We’ll be very focused when we get back in. The last time we had a big win in the division was Pittsburgh and we didn’t play so well the next week against Jacksonville. That’s something I’ll certainly address with the team when we get back together. We’ll take a little bit of time to enjoy this one and to get our batteries recharged.”
On Thursday’s win legitimizing the Browns to the outside world and what he hopes the win does for the team internally: “I just think it just further cements what we’re building. I know last night came as a surprise to people outside, but it didn’t come as a surprise to us. I just think it was a great boost for our confidence. As I said last night, this is a tight group, and they play hard. They play hard for each other. That’s when you know that you’re headed in the right direction when you’re guys play that way.”
On the key to making ‘next man up’ work: “It’s having quality players to be the next man up, and to me, that’s a function of (Browns General Manager) Ray Farmer’s department. I think we do a good job of identifying guys and acquiring them at any means that you have to. The (Browns OL) Nick McDonald situation, I think, is a perfect example. It looked to kind of be an odd move to take a guy that was recovering from a motorcycle accident back in training camp, and obviously it’s paying dividends for us. That’s just huge for us to be able to have that depth. Then, I think the second part of next man up is coaching, and I mentioned this before when this conversation came up. I constantly stressed to the coaches, ‘Don’t just coach your starters. The true measure of assistant coaches is how well do the back-ups play when they have to get in there? That’s important because injuries are a big part of this game, and I think the good teams find a way to have there not be a significant drop-off when guys are out.”
On the status of McDonald and Browns DL Phil Taylor in addition to other injuries: “I haven’t met with (Browns head athletic trainer) Joe (Sheehan) yet. I don’t have much of an update. I know Nick had just a little something in his calf that was bothering him. I have a feeling that was more precautionary than anything else.”To read more or comment...
It’s coming weeks in advance, but Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill may have already provided the Browns with something to remember when they meet again Dec. 16, the next time in Cleveland.
The Browns laid the wood to the Bengals in a 24-3 win that may have opened the NFL world to the potential the team possesses.
Hill didn’t quite see things that way during post-game interviews.
“Oh no, not at all,” Hill said when asked if the Browns were better than he thought. “They're probably worse than I thought, to be honest with you.”To read more or comment...
The Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.
Click the link for our game story: Browns bash Bengals, gain tie for first placeTo read more or comment...
The Cleveland Browns play the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night on NFL Network. If the Browns win, they will temporarily be in first in the AFC North. Is this game a pivot in the team's season? Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich talks about that and more.
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Out: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and safety Johnson Bademosi (concussion). Questionable: Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) and defensive end Billy Winn (toe). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), wide receivers Taylor Gabriel (shoulder) and Rodney Smith (hamstring), quarterback Brian Hoyer (glute) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder).
Out: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) and cornerback Leon Hall (concussion). Doubtful: Running back Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle), linebacker Rey Maualuga (hamstring) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle). Questionable: Defensive end Robert Geathers (shoulder). Probable: Cornerback Darqueze Dennard (hamstring), tight end Jermaine Gresham (knee), cornerback Terence Newman (chest) and guard Kevin Zeitler (calf).To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On how yesterday went preparing for this short week: “It was good. It was a good start for us. This is much more of a mental week than a physical week. We got to implement a good portion of the game plan and get a real good start on the scouting report information and start to dive into the film. We put our film behind us earlier in the day. Then we came back at night and got to work on Cincinnati.”
On if he does anything different or says anything different when he has a roster of guys who maybe haven't played on a stage like this: “I don't think you can. I think, for guys that haven't gone through it, you're curious to see how they respond to it, and you're hopeful that the veterans in the locker room that have gone through it can help them out. We're, as a staff, big believers in just being...we want to get them in the game as mentally fresh and focused as we can be and more importantly, physically. We'll do less, but it's on them as professionals that...they're not getting the actual practice rep. (It's) more of a walk through, jog through type deal. That's something that here in this league you're going to have to deal with and work through and be able to perform at a high level.”
On what he remembers from Cincinnati last year and what he takes from it that he can use now: “We looked at it because (Bengals offensive coordinator) Hue Jackson was there as the quarterbacks coach. He wasn't the coordinator, but offensively they are very similar to what they were a year ago. You can tell they didn't change their system just because they changed coordinators. It was good tape to watch just to look at the different situations - the third downs, the short yardage, the red zone, all those. We like to go back and look any time we've gone against...whether it was our game against them in Buffalo and even back to the New York days just to take a peak at similar systems throughout the league. You look at how coordinators attack.”To read more or comment...
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer met with reporters Tuesday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “I guess I’ll be simple and brief, but again I appreciate everybody’s attendance. I don’t know why everybody’s here to see me. This is pretty simple – still football season. I, for one, believe this is the time for the head coach and the team to do what they do, and I should be behind closed doors. Any questions you ask I will answer.”
On if QB Brian Hoyer has exceeded what he thought he could do this season: “No, I don’t think he’s exceeded anything. I think that, again I’m a firm believer that guys given opportunities perform to the level that they’re asked. Either they make it or they don’t. I think that’s for a lot of the players on this team. Sometimes it’s good when you don’t have all the namesake and fanfare. You just go out and you just accomplish your job.”
On Hoyer’s contract status: “I won’t refer to contracts about any player current, future, past.”To read more or comment...
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little, who was picked by the Browns in the second round of the 2011 draft, is hell-bent on exacting revenge against his former team Thursday night.
"Everything about this game is personal to me," Little told the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland.com and other media outlets Tuesday in the Bengals' locker room. "I'm going to go out and lay it on the line.
"Somebody has to pay."
The Browns waived Little in May. He compiled 155 catches for 1,821 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the franchise, but he also never lived up to the expectations placed upon him. Plagued by inconsistency, Little dropped 31 passes as a member of the Browns, according to ProFootballFocus.com. He also racked up speeding tickets in Northeast Ohio and totaled his Audi while, he told police, traveling 127 mph in a 55 zone.To read more or comment...
The Browns improved to 5-3 for the first time since 2007 with a 22-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Click the link for our game story: Browns 22, Buccaneers 17: Brian Hoyer’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass lifts Browns over Bucs
The Bucs benefited from a crucial penalty committed in the second quarter and led 10-9 at halftime.To read more or comment...